AdvDip(CPD) Clinical Skills for Community and General Practice Nursing Specific (Child) (HE6)

Are you a registered health care professional working in community or general practice with an interest in the health and wellbeing of children and young adults? This short course focuses on building your clinical examination skills for this specific group, alongside your communication skills and ability to assess the emotional and mental health of children and young adults in your care.

Clinical Skills for Community and General Practice Nursing Specific (Child) (HE6)

Key information



Mode of Study:



14 weeks


University of Bolton

Start date:

To be confirmed

Course Details

All healthcare professionals require clinical examination skills to carry out accurate assessments of patients of all ages and inform their healthcare journey. Caring for children and young adults in primary care is influenced by multiple complex factors and demands skilled assessment and management. This stand-alone advanced professional development course offered by the University of Bolton will help develop your clinical examination skills in babies, children and young adults.

Our expert team will guide you through taking a history in a systematic and organised way so that you can assess risk, identify normal presentations and distinguish these from abnormal findings. You’ll learn to identify red flags, undertake differential diagnosis to treat and manage these conditions, and assess the need for further detailed investigation or referral to maintain the physiological, emotional and mental wellbeing of children and young adults in your care.

We’ll support you to develop advanced communication skills and undertake remote consultations. You’ll learn to assess common systemic diseases such as asthma and dermatological conditions, and identify, manage and monitor children and young people who are at risk or failing to thrive. We’ll guide you as you learn to undertake the six-week baby check of development assessment for diagnosis and onward referral. We’ll also explore the legal, ethical and safeguarding issues involved in working with children and young adults.

  • Our dedicated academic team have a wealth of experience working in health and social care settings and are engaged in relevant research, bringing their expertise and passion for service excellence to their teaching.
  • The course is flexible and designed to fit in with busy home and working lives.
  • As you study this course, we’ll encourage you to develop the skills, values and behaviours so popular with employers. These include action planning, personal impact and confidence, self-awareness, social and ethical responsibility, problem-solving, initiative and communication skills.
  • Upon successfully completing this course, you’ll be awarded an Advanced Professional Development qualification in Clinical Skills for Community and General Practice Nursing Specific (Child) worth 20 credits at Level HE6.
Key Features
  • We’ve been offering high-quality courses specifically designed to meet the needs of the health and social care sector for over 30 years.
  • We have the knowledge and experience to anticipate and respond to change and our courses and programmes respond directly to the requirements of the NHS and the demands of workforce planning.
  • Regular review of the course curriculum ensures that contemporary theories are adopted.
  • Your employer may give you financial support to undertake this course, or you may be self-funded.
  • Completing this course will enhance your problem-solving skills and demonstrate your commitment to lifelong learning.

  • You must have an appropriate health and social care related qualification; for example, registered nurse, assistant practitioner, allied health professional, or paramedic.
  • It is preferable for you to have current employment in a community setting or general practice to fulfil the practice element of this course.
  • You may be required to attend an interview and/or provide a portfolio of work.
  • If English isn’t your first language, you’ll also need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details.
  • Please note that this course is subject to the University of Bolton's Fitness to Practise procedure.

Where changes are made to material information contained in this course description or a decision is taken to suspend a course between the offer of admissions and enrolment, we will inform applicants at the earliest possible opportunity and will outline the various options available to the applicant.

This course offers academic progression in the specialist fields of paediatric community and general practice nursing.

Course fees

Home students starting this course in the first year will be required to pay a Home fee of £800 for the academic year 2024/25.

Important note regarding tuition fees for the 2023-2024 academic year: EU nationals who meet residency requirements (have settled or pre-settled status) may be eligible for 'Home' fee status. If you do not meet these residency requirements, overseas fees will apply. Irish citizens living in the UK or Ireland will be eligible for 'Home' fee status under the Common Travel Area arrangement. Please read the student finance for EU students web page on for information.

The fees for a student's course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.


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For details of how to apply for this course, please choose your status from the options below:

You may apply directly to the University using the University's online application form. Please select your chosen start date from the list below:

You should have to hand:

  • Details of the educational establishments you attended and dates

  • Your certificates for the qualifications you are using to gain entry to the course – you will need to enter the completion date and upload copies

  • Details of any employment history including name, address, dates and role

  • Personal statement – this can be either input into the relevant field or uploaded separately

  • Details including e-mail addresses of two referees, at least one of which should be someone who can provide an academic reference

Please make sure any documents you wish to upload in support of your application are in pdf or jpeg format. Personal statements may be word documents.

Please ensure your data is correct at each stage of the application before you proceed to the next page. If you use the back button at any time during the application, you should check the validity of the data you have already input.

If you experience difficulties during the application process, contact the Admissions Team on 01204 903394 or

International applications are not possible for this course

As an international student you are not allowed to study this course because of the restrictions on your visa.

We offer a wide range of full-time courses in lots of different subjects, many of our courses start in September and January. If you would like to see what courses are available please visit our Course Search.

This advanced professional development course adopts a blended learning approach to develop your knowledge and understanding of practical examination skills. Lectures are supplemented with practical sessions where you learn the specific skills required to carry out accurate assessments of children and young adults. We offer a safe and supportive environment where you can develop your clinical examination skills under the supervision of our experienced team.

You'll develop your knowledge and understanding of practical examination skills through a blended learning approach. Lectures will be supplemented with practical sessions where you'll have the opportunity to develop the specific skills required to carry out accurate assessments of patients of all ages. The practical aspects will involve developing clinical examination skills under supervision, to allow you to develop in a safe and supportive environment. As well as lectures and tutorials, a range of web-based resources will be made available to you via Moodle, the University's virtual learning environment, to aid you in achieving the knowledge requirement identified. E-learning is also provided via Moodle to enable you to undertake further study in a place and at a time that is convenient for you. This programme adopts a blended style of learning and teaching including online delivery and engagement where appropriate.

Formative assessment will support your learning but does not contribute to your final mark. You’ll receive feedback from your tutors and peers that allows you to reflect on your progress and identify what you are doing well and where you may need extra help. Summative assessment tests your achievement of the intended learning outcomes for the course and determines your final mark. For this course, it will involve a written essay based on a given case study and a portfolio of evidence of clinical consultations undertaken, with supervision, in the workplace.

  • Clinical Skills for Community and General Practice Nursing Specific (Child)
Assessment methods
LevelAssesment method
Level oneCoursework 100%
Learning activities
LevelLearning activity
Level oneGuided independent study 76%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 24%


The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. The university considers changes to courses very carefully and the university will minimise any changes. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis and changes may be necessary due to legitimate staffing, financial, regulatory and academic reasons. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up-to-date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason, we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

Meet the team

The academic staff detailed above teach across a range of courses in this subject area and may not teach on this course specifically.

Programme Contacts

Hayley Carr
Programme Lead

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton

+44 (0)1204 903903

Related courses

AdvDip(CPD) Paediatric Community Nursing (HE6)

Mode of study
14 Weeks

University of Bolton


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